“If you ski in New York, not only do you have the best skiing in the United States, go ski in these other states — you have to quarantine for 14 days,” Cuomo said in a Sunday briefing for reporters. He acknowledged that some would say famous Coloardo ski resorts in Aspen or Vail are better, but the state is currently on New York’s COVID-19 travel advisory list. Any traveler who spends 24 hours in the state must quarantine for two weeks upon arriving back in New York.
Cuomo issued new guidance Sunday to allow New York’s ski resorts to reopen on Nov. 6. The rules for the resorts include: capacity limits, requirements for mask-wearing at all times except when eating or skiing, social distancing, limiting gondolas and lifts to only members of the same party, and maximum lesson sizes of 10 people.
With the colder weather approaching, COVID-19 numbers are expected to go up as more people are forced inside and may grow fatigued of following health and safety guidelines. Without sporting events, concerts, nightlife or other common activities that people enjoy, this winter could also be cabin fever-inducing for many people, an issue Cuomo seemed to allude to in his news release about the new ski mountain rules.
“Scientists have told us the virus is going to become more aggressive in the fall, and right now, we are all feeling COVID-fatigue,” Cuomo wrote. “Beginning next month, ski resorts will be allowed to reopen with limited indoor capacity, which will allow New Yorkers to have some outdoor activity this winter without having to quarantine when they come back.”
A New York authority also owns some of the state’s largest ski venues: Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre ski mountains.
Ski mountain operators throughout the state, particularly smaller businesses, are expecting a good season this winter as people look for activities outdoors while much of the world remains disrupted due to COVID-19, the Times Union reported last week.
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